Monday, October 1, 2012
The National Law Review is an online legal magazine "dedicated to providing legal consumers with authoritative legal analysis written by lawyers from many of the nation’s premier firms." Each year it sponsors writing competitions for law students that provide the opportunity for national exposure in front of an audience comprised of experienced practitioners (and potential employers). Here are the guidelines for the fall competition should you want to pass this along to your students.
Rules and Submission Guidelines
The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.
The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site. No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.
- Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.
- Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be featured on the NLR homepage for a month. Up to 5 runner-up entries will also be posted in the NLR searchable database each month.
- Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.
- All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).
In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, maydistribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)
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Content Guidelines and Deadlines
Content Guidelines must be followed by all entrants to qualify. It is recommended that articles address the following monthly topic areas:
October Suggested Topics:
- Immigration Law and
- Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform (ex. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010))
- Submission Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012
November Suggested Topics:
- Submission Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2012
Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted. Entries must be submitted via email to email@example.com by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on the dates indicated above.
Students are not required to transfer copyright ownership of their winning articles to the NLR. However, all articles submitted must be clearly identified with any applicable copyright or other proprietary notices. The NLR will accept articles previously published by another publication, provided the author has the authority to grant the right to publish it on the NLR site. Do not submit any material that infringes upon the intellectual property or privacy rights of any third party, including a third party’s unlicensed copyrighted work.
- Format – HTML (preferred) or Microsoft® Word
- Length – Articles should be no more than 5,500 words, including endnotes.
- Endnotes and citations – Any citations should be in endnote form and listed at the end of the article. Unreported cases should include docket number and court. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and proper format of related cites. In general, follow the Bluebook. Limit the number of endnotes to only those most essential. Authors are responsible for accuracy of all quoted material.
- Author Biography/Law School Information – Please submit the following:
- Full name of author (First Middle Last)
- Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
- Author photo (recommended but optional) in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
- A brief professional biography of the author, running approximately 100 words or 1,200 characters including spaces.
- The law school’s logo in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 300 pixels high or 300 pixels wide.
- The law school mailing address, main phone number, contact e-mail address, school Web site address, and a brief description of the law school, running no more than 125 words or 2,100 characters including spaces.
To enter, an applicant and any co-authors must be enrolled in an accredited law school within the fifty United States. Employees of The National Law Review are not eligible. Entries must include ALL information listed above to be considered and must be submitted to the National Law Review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any entry which does not meet the requirements and deadlines outlined herein will be disqualified from the competition. Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone call at least one day prior to publication. Winners will be publicly announced on the NLR home page and via other media. All prizes are contingent on recipient signing an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Release and Liability Waiver. The National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by The National Law Forum, LLC, d/b/a The National Law Review, 4700 Gilbert, Suite 47 (#230), Western Springs, IL 60558, 708-357-3317. This contest is void where prohibited by law. All entries must be submitted in accordance with The National Law Review Contributor Guidelines per the terms of the contest rules. A list of winners may be obtained by writing to the address listed above. There is no fee to enter this contest.